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Good Value HD TV
on 11 December 2012
We were looking for a 37" to 40" TV for under 400 quid (bought this as part of lightning deal). Unpacking the TV and mounting on the stand was easy enough although one of the four screws into the back of the TV wouldn't thread properly, still it's slotted in securely enough. The TV was for our family living room and is mostly used for Freeview TV, PVR recordings or DVD's, no Blu-Ray or Home Cinema kit here!
On first use I was disappointed by the Freeview (SD channels) picture quality, but after quite a bit of tweaking got it to a satisfactory level (tweaking options are a bit limited, good if you like simplicity). I suspect this is partly a limitation of larger screens displaying low quality SD content, but the issue was mainly with the colour depth and contrast not the resolution, these were poorer than our old 26" Philips LCD TV or my parents' new Panasonic 32" TX-32E5B.
The Freeview HD and DVD picture quality was much, much better. The 50Hz speed hasn't been an issue for us and the sound is fine for general viewing. Whilst the TV is watchable from wide viewing angles the colour depth and contrast fall off dramatically if you are more than 45 degrees off opposite from the set. It would also be useful to have more than 2 HDMI inputs, but at this price that's pretty standard. We have used a new Panasonic PVR with the TV and the ability to link the two together has been a great feature.
Overall, it's not going to be better than a 40" set costing £100 more but I think the HD pictures are better than cheaper 40" sets. If you watch mainly SD content you might want to check out some other options (but you may find they're no better!). Combining this TV with a Panasonic PVR (e.g. DMR-HW120-EBK) you get a great set of features for the total price.